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WILLIAM GARDEN BLAIKIE
THESE essays in rhyming Latin were the recreation of my father after his retirement in his seventy-eighth year from active clerical and professorial work. His last act before he was suddenly stricken down was to send the translations to me to look over, and to put into type if I thought right. He did not intend to publish them, and he never saw them in print ; but had he done so, there is little doubt that he would have altered and amended much.
These translations, therefore, may be considered first experiments rather than finished work, yet as such they may be of interest to those who knew my father and who loved him.
W. B. B.
UNIVERSITY PRESS, EDINBURGH, May 1900.